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Deadline is reporting that Dan Brown's Digital Fortress is being adapted into a television series:
After producing blockbusters The Da Vinci Code and Angels & Demons, Brian Grazer and Ron Howard’s Imagine Entertainment is reteaming with best-selling author Dan Brown to adapt another one of his books, this time for the small screen. Thriller Digital Fortress, from Imagine TV and 20th Century Fox, where the company is based, has landed at ABC with a put pilot commitment.
Dan Brown and his editor (and close friend) Jason Kaufman participated in an online hangout last week, talking about Inferno and various aspects of his writing with a few invited (virtual) guests. The 30 minute chat has been posted on YouTube, and I've embedded it above for those interested.
Dan Brown stopped by The Colbert Report last night, and held his own against the brilliance of Stephen Colbert. Some genuinely funny lines in there, good to see the man a bit more relaxed and enjoying himself, rather than some of the more structured publicity interviews you see on other shows.
This week Dan Brown appeared on the Today show, chatting to Matt Lauer about the new illustrated edition of The Lost Symbol and various other topics. At one point Lauer asked him about his appearance at the Italian La Scala opera house, and wondered aloud if that would be in the next book. DB paused, and laughed awkwardly, before saying "Anybody that's seen La Scala knows it is an unbelievable piece of architecture, great amount of history." Very suggestive that this will play a part in the next Langdon novel.
Lauer then wondered whether the next book would take as long as The Lost Symbol did (5 years after DVC), to which DB replied "I have been informed...by my wife, that if this new novel takes as long as The Lost Symbol, my next media appearance will be on The Bachelor."
Here's the full interview:
Good to hear!
Okay, so it's not like Robert Langdon cracked a code and found the secret passageway into the Vatican Archives...but it's interesting to note the indirect influence that may apply here. So go easy on me for the headline.
After centuries of being kept under lock and key, the Vatican has started opening its Secret Archives to outsiders in a bid to dispel the myths and mystique created by works of fiction such as Dan Brown's Angels and Demons.
The archives, until now jealously guarded from prying eyes, provide one of the key settings in Brown's thriller, in which Harvard "symbologist" Robert Langdon, played in the 2009 film by Tom Hanks, races against time to stop a secret religious order, the Illuminati, from destroying Vatican City.
...They have been open to carefully vetted academic researchers for more than 100 years, but in the last few months the Vatican has granted tours to select groups of journalists and members of the public, allowing a glimpse into one of its inner most sanctums.
Note though that the 'secret' archives remain off-limits; so hardly the Vatican's dirty laundry laid out for all to see. Full story here.
NBC will tonight (Friday, Oct. 16) air Dan Brown's only prime-time interview, in a special feature titled "Secrets of The Lost Symbol":
In a rare and exclusive interview with NBC News' Matt Lauer, Dan Brown talks about his latest book, the power of the human mind and what he thinks this country should know about its founding fathers.
You can watch a preview here - will be interesting to see what DB has to say. Seems Matt Lauer is his man, with this latest feature coming on the heels of the pre-Lost Symbol release interviews with Lauer on the Today show.
Many Freemasons were mighty relieved when The Lost Symbol was released - for months they'd expected Dan Brown to portray the Craft in a negative light. Instead, the novel was a big love-in - a fact that surprised many people, including Maureen Dowd (in the New York Times).
If Brown's admiration for the Brotherhood wasn't overt enough in the pages of his latest novel, now comes a letter he wrote to the Scottish Rite in Washington, D.C. Asked to speak at a meeting of the Scottish Rite, Southern Jurisdiction (they of the 'House of the Temple' in D.C.), DB couldn't appear in person, but did offer these words (h/t/ to Chris Hodapp's Freemasonry for Dummies blog:
Guests of the Southern Jurisdiction,
It is my great honor to be invited to greet you via this letter. I had hoped I might be able to join you in person tonight, but the launch of my novel The Lost Symbol has me far from Washington.
In the past few weeks, as you might imagine, I have been repeatedly asked what attracted me to the Masons so strongly as to make it a central point of my new book. My reply is always the same: "In a world where men do battle over whose definition of God is most accurate, I cannot adequately express the deep respect and admiration I feel toward an organization in which men of differing faiths are able to ‘break bread together’ in a bond of brotherhood, friendship, and camaraderie."
Please accept my humble thanks for the noble example you set for humankind. It is my sincere hope that the Masonic community recognizes The Lost Symbol for what it truly is…an earnest attempt to reverentially explore the history and beauty of Masonic Philosophy.
Wonder if they'll make it official one day...
Sorry for not being around much this week - as a guy that wrote a guidebook to The Lost Symbol, I've been in demand. Here's a quick round-up of some of the latest Brownian-related news:
Will sales keep up in coming weeks, or are the 2.5 million copies sold so far down to DB's fans rushing out to pick up the book? Time will tell I guess...
On the Today show this morning, Matt Lauer had an exclusive - and very rare - interview with Dan Brown himself:
A rotating bookshelf in his house? *Want*
Dan the Man has emerged from his cone of silence, and granted an exclusive interview to Parade Magazine. It's a shame the interviewer covers a lot of old ground previously covered (dude, look forward, not back), but Dan does give an indication of why the new book took so long:
I was already writing The Lost Symbol when I started to realize The Da Vinci Code would be big. The thing that happened to me and must happen to any writer who's had success is that I temporarily became very self-aware. Instead of writing and saying, "This is what the character does," you say, "Wait, millions of people are going to read this." It's sort of like a tennis player who thinks too hard about a stroke--you're temporarily crippled.
It's a 2-page interview, so make sure you click through at the bottom of the first page.